Anders Fogh Rasmussen offers NATO support for Ukraine

The death toll continues to rise as the political chess pieces are positioned

Female students are predominant on five out of the six Copenhagen University faculties (photo: iStock)
August 8th, 2014 10:00 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO – and former Danish prime minister – is in Kiev to meet with Ukrainian officials, including Petro Porosjenko, the president and Arsenij Jatsenjuk, the prime minister. 

As the fighting in the troubled nations intensified, Rasmussen offered NATO’s political support to Ukraine and called on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s borders and "step back from the brink" of war. NATO claimed last week that 20,000 Russian soldiers stand ready along the Ukrainian border.

Rasmussen warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine will isolate it further.

Rasmussen said that he fears that Russia is looking at ways to engage in covert actions, such as sending peacekeepers or humanitarian assistance into eastern Ukraine.

He and Jatsenjuk met and discussed possible NATO support for Ukraine's defensive strength – excluding lethal aid. Rasmussen discussed the possibility of a financial aid from NATO to support Kiev's capabilities areas like communications and cyber-defence.

Rasmussen's warning comes as Russia announced a ban on most food imports from several nations, including Denmark.

Death toll rising
The recent increase in clashes between the two sides have raised the death toll among government forces to more than 400 since the conflict with the pro-Russian separatists began in April.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says the conflict has cost the lives of more than 1,300 people and that nearly 300,000 people are now refugees fleeing the violence.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of orchestrating the revolt and arming the rebels. Moscow denies involvement.

Until relatively recently, the Faroese needed to catch a boat every time they wanted to travel to one of the 18 islands (photo: Vincent van Zeijst)
Parliament election on Faroe Islands announced
Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, the prime minister of the Faroe Islands, has annou...
The port of Calais is not this peaceful or visible today (photo: Luctor)
French sailors striking against DFDS purchase in Calais again
Hundreds of French sailors blocked access to the city of Calais, France thi...
The accused has appealed, denying all charges (photo: iStock)
Dane found guilty of raping his teenage stepdaughter
A 51-year-old man from Maribo on Lolland was today found guilty of repeated...
Protests against uranium mining in Greenland came to Copenhagen today (Photo: Alberto Otero Garcia)
Anti-uranium rally in Copenhagen
About 80 protestors joined Chemnitz Larsen (IA), Greenland’s representati...
Few Danish children suffering from anxiety disorders get adequate support (photo: iStock)
Anxiety an increasing problem for Danish children
According to several municipalities in southern Jutland, increasing number ...
Older people should get more to dance about, says poll (photo: Bill Branson)
Danes want more money spent on the elderly
More money should be spent on taking care of the elderly, even if it means ...